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Helmut Schmidt, Published April 23 2012

HOW YOU VOTED: Readers favor Mustangs for Sheyenne High School's new mascot

WEST FARGO – It’ll be a couple of years before Sheyenne High School is completed, but by tonight the new southside school should have a stronger identity.

The school board is being asked to pick a mascot from five names submitted, as well as a school color combination from a similar list, according to a board memo.

Mascot names up for consideration are Falcons, Hawks, Mustangs, Pioneers and Sabers.

School color combinations are black and Vegas gold, royal blue and orange, royal blue and red (with a silver accent), royal blue and silver, and royal blue and white.

In an informal online poll Monday, 28 percent of those who voted on inforum.com favored Mustangs for the school’s nickname. Pioneers came in second with 26 percent, followed by Sabers, Falcons and Hawks.

Black and Vegas gold topped the school color vote with 27.2 percent, while 27.1 percent (a separation of 2 votes) liked royal blue and silver. The royal blue and white combination was the least favored.

From March 26 to April 5, students at Cheney Middle School and the STEM Center who live south of Interstate 94 were surveyed for their suggestions on mascots and colors.

The 137 mascot names and 119 unique school color combinations were then sent to a committee of parents, staff and school district officials that pared the lists down last week.

The committee’s voting members were Amy Galde and Bart Manson, both members of the school board’s secondary feeder system phase-in committee; school board member Dave Olson; and southside parents David Fenelon, Janet France, Jason Balvik, Cheryl Boyer, Kim Belgarde and Krystal Anderson.

Non-voting members of the group were Superintendent David Flowers, West Fargo High School Activities Director Curt Jones, Sheyenne 9th Grade Center Principal Greg Grooters, and Heather Konschak, executive secretary for the board and Flowers.

Sheyenne High School will be created by adding to the current Sheyenne 9th Grade Center.

The academic wing addition is now under construction and expected to be finished by the time school opens next fall. Additions to the gymnasiums and music and fine arts areas of the school are expected to be started next spring, and completed the following year.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583